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Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion

University of Cape Town via FutureLearn


Learn practical strategies for making education inclusive

Millions of children around the world are excluded from access to education because of a disability - robbing them of their potential and diminishing our society.

On this course you will learn about inclusive education, understanding what barriers there are to learning and how to challenge them. Over six weeks you will learn from a range of people with experience of disability, discovering practical ways to create a more inclusive learning environment that you can apply in your own area.

Join us and help create a world where learning is for all children.

The course has been created for teachers, other professionals and parents interested in developing inclusive education.

If you are part of a community wanting to develop inclusive education in a school, you could form a group to support each other’s learning and try out inclusive strategies. We will provide additional resources and ideas for those wanting to implement inclusive education practices, especially in low resource settings.

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4.8 rating, based on 94 reviews

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  • Phenyo Koka

    Phenyo Koka completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course is useful for my present career as an educator, more especially since we are aiming at putting to practice an Inclusive Education. There are videos and articles available on the site to simplify the contents for this course. I was able to reflect back to real life situations, and this helped me follow.

    I have learned that learners need to be supported and catered for according to their various abilities, by everyone in the community. No learner should be disadvantaged because of their physical or mental abilities.

    I am grateful, I have taken this course. Thank you!!

    Phenyo Koka
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This has been an encouraging and motivating course in which I have enjoyed listening to different people from many different countries and cultures talk about their life, experiences and pieces of advice to put into practice. All this has helped me understand more about disabilities and how different schools face it. It will definitely make a difference in my teaching. I am sure I will have a chance to use the material and resources we have been given in this course. A great message to pass around is that about how all members in a community can change things by collaborating. Thank you
  • Anonymous
    Through out this course I have reflected on my own practices within my classroom, with peer educators, and stakeholders/the community at large. I have refreshed knowledge about so much that I had forgotten. This course further reinforced my need to know...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took up this course because I am passionate about working towards inclusiveness. I found the entire course to be very enriching and have learnt quit a deal about the specifics that I never knew about. I am glad I was given opportunities to share my experiences throughout the course in the discussion forum. I was also able to read comments by other students. It was interesting to learn from their experiences as well. The assignments were opportunities for me to apply my understanding and skills learnt during the course and at the same time reflect on my experiences. The entire course provides wonderful and enriching learning experiences. I loved it. Very satisfying for me.

    Thanks a lot. Good luck!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course to be very informative. I like the idea of sharing resources and information in order to offer the best to our students thus enabling them to stay in mainstream schools with the knowledge that they will have the best chance to learn. At the beginning of the course, I very much felt that it was in the childs best interest to go to a specialist school if the teachers in a mainstream school weren't trained to teach them and adapt to their abilities. However after taking into consideration that we are all in fact still learning, it is possible , with the right support to be able to give those children an enriched learning experience.
  • Anonymous
    This course was thoroughly enjoyable. The content was well set out. The tutors were very knowledgeable and explained everything in full detail. It highlighted the process of inclusion and the importance of working together to provide inclusive education. There were useful techniques and talks from persons own experiences. The interaction with the challenges helped put things into context and enabled you to interact with other learners and gain feedback.
  • Jibbs Bigas
    This course has helped me a lot to better understand inclusive education and the importance of respecting diversity in school. It is very useful on my part as a teacher because I was able to apply what I have learnt in this course. I was able to share what I have learned to my co-teachers and educate the parents in our school about the importance of inclusivity. I thanked the whole people behind this course because it is very helpful and insightful.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A great course. A greeat reminder of life-long learning. A course that reminds us as a society on how valuable each person is regardless of one's being whether on is able or disabled, we all should be included rather than excluded from childhood starting with education. This course is a great capacity building platform for teachers and communities on how they can be agents of including those who are mostly marginalised in our society. This inclusion later leads to the marginalised later in life becoming independent and successful members of societies.
  • Anonymous
    Natarajan Muthiah

    This course is designed in such a way to address the challenges faced by the children with disabilities. How the inclusive education helps the special children to achieve their learning objectives are discussed in detail with experts' lecture and interview. The references are given properly. I could learn many novel ideas and strategies through this course. I am extremely happy to be a learner of this course.
  • Anonymous
    although this course is based around inclusive learning in underprivileged communities a large proportion of the content and ideas can be used in any community setting whether that is schools, higher education or community groups and activities

    it was set out in easy sections, clear and understandable language and all resources used within each section were referenced at the end for further study

    highly recommended
  • Anonymous
    This was a very educational and insightful experience. I was able to learn a lot on inclusive learning and about working with children with disabilities. I believe I am now equipped to identify children who experience challenges in class and do my bid to effectively assist them in the classroom, school environment and the community as a whole.
  • Sally Wiggill completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    The lectures were excellent and very informative. I was impressed by the commitment and experiences of the guest speakers too. The tasks I had to complete made me think and resulted in a more positive mindset towards inclusive education. Thank you UCT for this life-changing opportunity.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course has inspired my learning curiosity in wanting to make a difference at my place of work. Whilst we do have some sort of inclusive educational approach, I am not sure exactly how the provision is run or how effective it is etc.,
    I would like to make a difference in teaching ICT at the lower levels of learning - inclusivity is going to take time, looking at the current structure, speaking to tutors etc., I am currently studying for my MA in Education and I think I would like to incorporate something to do with inclusive learning as part of my dissertation.
    Thank you very much.
  • Anonymous
    This was true education for me. Information given was clear and sources inspiring. An interesting topic which entail a lot of diversity. Thank you for giving this course online for free.
  • Lorraine Mali
    Hi I'm Lorraine Mali founder of Brighter Horizons Day and aftercare centre.It has been a great pleasure to do this course.I've learned a lot and planning to implement what I've learned.

    Thank you
  • Anonymous
    Excelente curso! Obrigado pela oportunidade em participar desse momento espacial de grande aprendizado, conhecimento e novos olhares para uma educação mais inclusiva.
  • Profile image for TIAPEH KEVIN NDENOH
    This course gives in return a special touch to learners with special needs by providing special facilities that will make them concerned and involved.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This Course surely, among others, is one of the most organised, detailed and well explained one; great lecturers and lots of videos for clarity.
  • Louise Connolly

    Louise Connolly completed this course.

    I thoroughly enjoyed and really benefitted from taking this course. It has really opened my eyes to the big picture, that Inclusive Education, really is about engaging all the players from individuals to organizations and institutions bringing them together to share goals, aspirations and will to create a society where everyone is valued and given an opportunity to contribute. Thank you!
  • Anonymous
    This course is superb and one of the best on line courses I have done on disabilty and the rights to education for all. The discussions, videos and resources provided are execellently selected for anyone's level of understanding of the issues involved. The taste of the pudding is in the eating. I will gladly recommend this course to anyone working to attain an inclusive society. At first I didnt think it would mean much to the work I do. However, the content covered is uniquely appropriate to what I would be doing which is developing modules for teacher training on inclusive education.

    Will like to do more in this field of study.

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